In the Northern Hemisphere we have crossed the threshold into spring. Depending on your latitude, you might see flowers in full bloom or a crust of slowly melting snow. Like wildlife emerging from hibernation, we are shaking off the dust of winter's rest and feeling the call of creation and renewal.
Here at my home in the mountains of the Northeast we are always a few weeks behind, so we celebrate "mud season" by exchanging snow boots for galoshes and artfully arranging buckets under the drips from leaking roofs. The trees are only just hinting at new leaves, but that does not stop the birds from returning. Each morning adds a new voice to the dawn chorus as the winged ones make their way north, and home.
One needs patience to live here, to wait for spring while others are already digging in gardens and lighting their grills. Garden magazines and social media posts invite a longing for things to be as they are not. The more we get ahead of Nature in our minds, the more we lose our sense of place - the awareness of our connection and belonging to the part of the Earth we are standing on.
As our relationship with the natural world breaks down, so do we. A reconnection to Nature opens us to heal and transform our bodies, minds, and spirits. A growing movement in support of the Olympic Mountain EarthWisdom Circle (OMEC) is the HEARTH project. Independently facilitated HEARTH Circles, based on Community Healing Circles described in Shamanic Reiki (Roberts and Levy), offer community support to find our way back to the Earth.
Because HEARTH Circles are local and community-focused, they lay a path for creating the deep inner knowing of place. Each circle reflects what is happening in the moment, where you are, right outside your door. HEARTH facilitators lay seasonal altars, guide meditations or shamanic journeys, and introduce healing practices that help us see, sense, and feel the beauty of the natural world. Through the giving and receiving of Shamanic Reiki and other energy healing modalities in the HEARTH Circle, we connect in community not just with each other but with the Earth herself.
The "HEARTH" name is both a nod to the central place in homes where families gather for food and warmth, and a combination of the words that reflect the intention of the project: "heart," "earth," and "art." Attending a HEARTH Circle is self-care; the practices and sharing open your heart to release stress and stuck emotional energy. By fostering a connection to the Earth, HEARTH Circles provide a setting for awakened discussion and action around ecological and social issues in communities. Within the sacred space held for a HEARTH Circle, you can unveil your art - your unique embodiment of life-affirming creativity.
The creative energy of spring is my inspiration as I plan the monthly Community HEARTH and Healing Circles I will facilitate this season. During each HEARTH Circle there is meditation, the chance to both give and receive energy, and a ritual of naming and then sending energy to far-off beings and situations in need of healing. My underlying desire, however, is to simply offer the folks in our small, rural mountain community a space to gather with like-hearted people, for both light, friendly networking and deep sharing, where everyone's art is honored.
Donations given at HEARTH Circles support OMEC's mission to reconnect us with deep mystery, encourage a sacred and responsible relationship with the Earth, and preserve the ancient wisdom ways of indigenous people and ancestral lands.
Visit OMEC's website to find a listing of existing HEARTH Circles or to discover how to create a HEARTH Circle where you are. Your HEARTH experience ripples out into widening circles of connection, community, and deep wisdom revealed. And, please, take a moment to observe and feel the energy of spring in the place you call home. Oh, and watch out for mud if you aren't wearing your galoshes.
Debbie Philp, HEARTH Project Committee Member, OMEC
As March, the third Month of 2019 is upon us, I am reminded of the symbolic significance of the number three in Mayan cosmology. Three signifies the earliest beginnings of action and movement. We who live in the Northern Hemisphere have been in the hibernation stasis of deep winter, and now buried within the Earth are the beginnings of change and movement, as life stirs anew.
For those of us who choose to honor and connect with the wisdom of the Earth and the indigenous ways that emerge from it, we are each being asked to consider that our every action and movement is part of the interconnection that Nature exemplifies.
Separation is merely an illusion in shamanic cosmology, and this means that as we create our lives. We must remember that the microcosm of our individual selves serves the macrocosm of the whole.
A few times a year on a remote beach called Playa Ostional near Nosara, CostaRica, a remarkable event occurs called 'The Arribada' or The Arrival. Over a period of a few days, hundreds of thousands of Olive Ridley Sea Turtles return to the beach of their birth just as their parents did decades earlier to lay and bury their eggs and continue the cycle of life. Some of these Turtles have been tagged and studied by oceanographers, and despite having traveled in the open sea to places as far away as India, they always make the great sojourn back to the same small Central American beach, many having not been returned there since the day that they were born.
Turtles have limited vision, and it has been theorized by scientists that they navigate the vast ocean by observing the sun and stars, feeling into the Earth's electromagnetic magnetic fields and connecting with the ocean currents. Just prior to their massive emergence onto the beach, under the cover of night and in conjunction with the moon cycles and its effect on the tides which the Turtles will ride into shore, thousands of them gather in huge groups called 'flotillas'.
On what scientists have only been able to describe as 'some secret signal', they arrive in such huge numbers that any natural predators who might otherwise take the opportunity for a quick meal are frightened away, leaving the Turtles in peace to continue a process that has been going on for hundreds of thousands of years. Turtle eggs are a delicacy to humans as well as animals, but the Costa Ricans as natural conservationists allow for egg gathering only at certain times and in regulated numbers in order to ensure that enough Turtles make it back to the ocean when they hatch from their buried nests in the sand about a month and a half later.
It would not be an understatement to say that the Arribada of the Turtles is made possible through a cooperative effort of the sun, moon, stars, winds, oceans, earth, animals, and people. The Turtles are at the center of the universe because the entire universe conspired to make them happen, and we, as limitless beings are no different. Nature's immeasurable interconnectivity and holism serve as a template to show us who we are, and if it is a cooperative and connected universe then that means that we are each an inextricable part of that interdependence. In Polynesian thought, akasubstance is the etheric material that connects everything; cords and tendrils of interconnective matter that can reach any infinite destination, fueled only with the rainbow light of our consciousness. We create unity by affirming it with our hearts and minds.
We at the Olympic Mountain Earth Wisdom Circle OMEC, invite you into this unitive consciousness with us. Through our projects, events, and trainings we seek to bridge Earth-Wisdom with the modern world and to preserve and support the people and cultures that have held ancient wisdom ways in their hearts and continue to gift it to us now. We encourage you to explore our offerings, support our projects, attend our classes, make a tax deductible donation, or simply feel inspired to align the actions and movements that you make in your own life with the Earth and the limitless all. Learn more about us, and become involved at http://www.eomec.org/home.html and
From Our Hearts to Yours,
Jonathan Hammond, OMEC Board of Directors
Last September I had the honor and opportunity to be a part of Llyn Roberts' first Wild Wisdom Wilderness retreat in the Hoh Rainforest. As the week's experience unfolded, I realized a number of things about the experience and the people who came from across the country to immerse themselves into the mystery and magic of this "old growth" forest, the largest temperate rainforest in the world. The Hoh started working its magical influence on these participants even before their arrival in Sequim to head off in our small caravan to the Hoh.
In the months and weeks before, through emails and teleconference calls, they had already built a community-setting up meal preparation schedules, dietary concerns, shower schedules, teaming up as roommates or deciding to embrace the sacredness of the space by opting to camp out on the gravel bar.
So, when we finally met in person, it was not as a group of strangers, but rather friends coming together to embark on a grand adventure. And, the Hoh did not disappoint. Leaving the chaos and frenzy of everyday life behind, they allowed the Hoh to embrace them and gently reveal it's secrets.
I experienced such awe and deep respect while witnessing the changes and transformations that were evidenced in the tears of joy and healing plainly visible on their faces and also in the way our group moved their feet in a slower and more sacred gait on Mother Earth.
I will not share where or what happened in these magical spaces, except that they can only be experienced-words can never do justice to what the Hoh shares with those blessed to receive it's gifts.
Llyn offers multiple opportunities each year for those who are called to come and experience the magic of the Hoh's ancient wisdom.
As always, it was my great pleasure to be able to share Grandfather Fire (our First Ancestor) during the evenings of storytelling. Grandfather Fire loves for his children to gather around him to listen to stories of sacred witness.
The Olympic Mountain EarthWisdom Circle, OMEC, was conceived and continues to be inspired by the Hoh Rainforest and River Valley in the Olympic Mountains of the Pacific Northwest, USA. We're thrilled to connect people with the lands and nature beings of the Hoh. Lastly, we're excited to announce that the Gold Nautilus award winning book, Speaking With Nature - co-authored by Sandra Ingerman and Llyn Roberts - also conceived in the Hoh, is now available as an audible!
Please visit our OMEC website for a complete description of the programs, events and projects we have to offer.
From my heart to yours,
Rob Murphy / Board of Directors
The Gregorian New Year has started and we are past the bright lights, hectic pace, and rich meals that seem to be hallmarks of the holiday season here in the modern world. Wrapping paper, ornaments, and garland have been put away for another year and my home feels in some way empty without all of the twinkling distraction that comes with our cultural ideas of how to celebrate. When the festivities of the season have come to a close I find myself in the same frame of mind each year. What now? How do I embrace this new time that is devoid of the frenetic energy of the past weeks? What is waiting to unfold in this fresh space? What endeavor is asking for me to lean in and make real?
Just like the New Moon on January 6th, this time of the New Year is a time of incubation. The Moon is not absent in this phase it just rises and sets close to and with the Sun. An act of symmetry and dichotomy at the same time. The Sun, past the Winter Solstice, slowly spending more time with us. Luna's shadowy, hidden, secret, fluid energy waiting to reveal itself all in good time as the days and nights progress. The Sun and the Moon in their never ending dance across the sky.
Here in the north the land lies quietly beneath its blanket of snow. The wild life of the forest sleeps or moves slowly and quietly. The streams, lakes, and rivers burble beneath gleaming ice almost as if deeply dreaming in their dark depths. Trees creak in the cold chill and biting wind. There are sharp cracks from limbs falling from their heights as if the trees are shedding old ideas and outdated patterns. All is dormant, waiting, musing, and drawn in for the deep part of winter.
In looking out at the natural world I see that my feeling of post-holiday emptiness is just a trick of the mind. In truth it is a landscape that is pregnant with possibility. Mother Earth, Pachamama, does not leave empty spaces. There is always something present. We just have to be open to looking for what it is. Her gifts are all around us waiting to be appreciated on their own terms, not by our preconceived notions.
This quiet time of the Earth is one of her greatest gifts. A time to reflect on what has gone before and also a time to rest, contemplate, and seek within for what will support us in the coming year. A time to ask of ourselves what is waiting within me to be expressed. A time to prepare and hold space for whatever manifests.
The OMEC mission is to encourage a sacred and responsible relationship with the Earth and preserve the ancient wisdom ways of indigenous shamanic cultures. We are all indigenous to this precious planet that we call home. So I would like to extend to you a few invitations.
I invite you to go out upon the Earth in this fallow time of year and leave offerings to the dreaming streams, the slow and sleeping wildlife, the musing trees, the enduring stones, the whipping wind, and all the spirits of the land. Birdseed, cornmeal, tobacco, your breath, song, prayer, or your presence are gifts that we can give to the land in appreciation for all we receive from her. As we follow the energy of the season and go within, take a moment to extend out as well. As we are a part of nature you just may find that in your giving you find that you are appreciating and nourishing all of yourself as well.
I also invite you to take some time exploring the many offerings here at OMECand Shamanic Reiki Worldwide. We offer many programs and books, as well as participation in projects that speak to how we can walk this earth in a more conscious way bringing us closer together in community.
Brightest New Year's Blessings,
Christopher T. Franza / Board of Directors, OMEC